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NHL Announces Changes To The Draft Lottery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (August 20, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today changes to its Draft Lottery, a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams).

These changes will be phased in over a two-year period, beginning with the Draft Lottery in 2015.

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Grand Rapids Griffins Complete Their Coaching Staff

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday announced the addition of Dave Noel-Bernier to their hockey operations staff as an assistant coach. Noel-Bernier, who joins head coach Jeff Blashill and new assistant Pat Ferschweiler behind the bench, replaces Spiros Anastas, who departed the Griffins after two seasons to become the head coach at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.

A native of Montmagny, Quebec, Noel-Bernier has served as the director of hockey for the Eagles Ice Center and the Grand Rapids Blades youth program since 2013. He was also an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Christian High School varsity team last season, when he was named Total Package Hockey’s Michigan High School Division III Assistant Coach of the Year after helping lead the Eagles to a 19-7-1 record. The 38-year-old will maintain each of those roles while working for the Griffins, continuing to develop the GRCHS and Blades players at the Eagles Ice Center.

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Steve Moore Says No Deal Yet On Todd Bertuzzi Settlement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

Steve Moore's brother Mark says there is no deal between Steve and Todd Bertuzzi, a bombshell claim that casts doubt on claims made Wednesday by the NHL and Bertuzzi's lawyers that a settlement had been reached.

"I got a text message from Steve last night and he's very concerned," Mark Moore told TSN. "He says there is no deal yet and isn't sure what to do about all the media speculation.

"Because of the injury he has trouble making decisions and so he doesn't know how to handle the media."

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Keith Tkachuk Expects A Motivated Blues Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

“I think everyone in the organization was disappointed, fans clearly were, when we were up two games to none [and lost],” Tkachuk told ESPN.com in a recent phone interview. "The young guys, I think it will be beneficial to them to be a little aggravated, to see them knocked off by Chicago, which is a good rivalry here in town.

“I think you’ll see a lot of angry guys, pissed-off guys [in camp].”

Those young guys are the key to the Blues’ future and remain a bright spot for a team that has gone into recent postseasons as one of the elite squads out West and then run into some of the most fearsome opponents. 

more from Tkachuk on the Blues...

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Numerous Reports Of Kevin Hayes Signing With The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

So how good is this Kevin Hayes?

Hayes was drafted in the first round, 24th overall by Chicago, in 2010. If that draft were to be re-held today, Hayes probably wouldn’t go in the first round. More than likely, he’d be a second round pick. At least 25 players from the 2010 have established themselves as NHL regulars and, according to our Future Watch scouting committee, at least 15 other players drafted in 2010 rank as better prospects than Hayes.

But that doesn’t mean Hayes can’t play catch-up with those other 2010 draftees in the seasons to come. He does have compelling credentials. After three middling seasons at Boston College, in which the budding power forward scored just 17 goals and 67 points in 102 games, he blossomed as a senior. Playing on a line with Hobey Baker Award winner Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold – both draft picks of the Calgary Flames, one of many teams vying for his services once he became a free agent – Hayes used his size and playmaking ability to an impressive 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games.

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added 12:35pm, New York Rangers release is below...

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Will Orpik be worth the $5.5 million cap hit he’ll carry in the final year of his five-year contract at the age of 39? Probably not. But the Caps are convinced he will make a very big impact on this year’s club and make them a legitimate threat in the playoffs.

-Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington on defenseman Brooks Orpik. Read more on Orpik from Gormley....

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Video- Players Prepare For The Hockey Season At Biosteel Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Highlights from day two of the Biosteel training camp at St. Michael’s College...

 

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New Islanders Owners Can Focus On Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

The popular response yesterday was somewhere between "Yippeeee!" and "Here we go again." Islanders fans were ecstatic to hear that finally there was hope because the team will change hands. They are also realistic enough to know they felt exactly the same way when Charles Wang bought the team 14 years ago.

On these very pages back then, one fan was quoted as saying, "What does this mean? Hope." Another said, "Things can only get better."

We all should be wary, but for the life of us, people here can't help feeling that way again. Yes, yes, we remember the "Gang of Four" and "the Millstones" and the incomparable John Spano. Wang was supposed to make us forget all of them. Sometimes, he made us wish we had them back.

Fact is, it just has not worked out. It has not worked out for Wang, what with reported losses of $20 million a year. And it sure has not worked out for the team, with its embarrassing streak of not having won a playoff series since 1993. They have flirted with the worst fate a pro team can have: appearing irrelevant in its own market.

Things can only get better. For once, they just might.

The one huge reason is that this time, the buyers know they are getting only a hockey team and not a real estate bonanza.

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Red Wings overnight report: NHL.com’s ‘30 in 30,’ Sheahan’s ‘first’ and charitable news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I had this date marked on my calendar, so: NHL.com's "30 in 30" series discusses the Detroit Red Wings today, and the NHL dropped a hint as to what was coming via a YouTube video in which EJ Hradek and Dan Rosen posited a 2014-15 season overview:

I disagree with Hradek and Rosen on one point: the Red Wings haven't exactly been a "destination" for free agents for some time now.

"In article form," Rosen penned three of the five articles that constitute the "30 in 30" examination, and we might as well kick things off with his interview with Mike Babcock regarding the State of the Wings.

Babcock suggests that the Wings received key contributions from Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening and Tomas Tatar, and that "the kids" are essential to the team's success going forward:

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On the Bertuzzi-Moore settlement and the status of both parties as human beings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore lawsuit saga never involved any sort of incident that occurred while Bertuzzi was a member of the Red Wings...

But I can tell you for a fact that during his pair of stints with Detroit (2007 and 2009-2014), Bertuzzi's mere presence cost the team die-hard fans who refused to root for the team as long as "that scumbag" was on the team, Bertuzzi's presence prompted insistence that the team was "cursed" as long as #44 was in Detroit, and Bertuzzi's presence brought out both apologists and, "Until he pays I will never truly respect the man" fans.

On Tuesday, though we'll likely never know the terms thereof, Bertuzzi, the Canucks, Marc Crawford and the NHL finally settled with Steve Moore and his high-profile lawyer, Tim Danson, in an out-of-court settlement that narrowly averted Danson's desire to "put the game on trial."

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